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Why Are Mint Stamps Generally Fresher In Colour?

 
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Posted 08/04/2019   08:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add JR1960 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I find this to be the case in general (not always) but wondering why. Presumably a used stamp looked just as fresh and bright as a mint stamp right after it was used, and presumably it was cared for in a collection similarly in most cases. So why the faded colour and toning on so many?

Is it the oxidization of the saliva and gum over time?
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Posted 08/04/2019   1:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add steevh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could be all kinds of reasons:
exposure to sunlight
dirt
the soaking process

In general I think a used stamp will change hands (and be handled) many more times than a mint stamp. Mint stamps are bought by collectors and then put into albums -- used stamps go into kiloware, get sorted multiple times even before being soaked, then sorted some more ...
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Posted 08/04/2019   1:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agreed.

The soaking process, in particular, seems to do a lot of it. The stamp paper absorbs envelope dye, chlorine, and other "stuff" in the water. Also coatings on the paper seem to change after soaking.
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Not to mention wear and tear. Used stamps have fulfilled their postal obligations and between getting tossed into dirty mailboxes, carrier bags, sorting systems, and every other thing a cover encounters in its journey they will get dirty and worn.
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